Fox News is at the centre of yet more public outrage. Some of you may read that and think, ‘When are they ever out?’. The television channel known for its controversial outbursts and far-right stance has angered rappers and Christians across the world. Bill O’Reilly, the host of The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel has blamed rap music for the decline of Christianity.
In a Wednesday segment, the Fox News anchor said that “people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment.”
“The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behaviour, and that sinks into the minds of some young people – the group that is most likely to reject religion,” he said before adding, “Also, many movies and TV shows promote non-traditional values. If you are a person of faith, then the media generally thinks you are a loon.”
O’Reilly’s conclusion is flawed and “troubling” for many reasons, said the Rev. Tony Lee, the senior pastor at the Community of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church. Lee noted that the pundit specifically did not mention rock, pop, country or any other genre of music.
“I think we need to be very careful about some of the coded language in that, because in many ways that is kind of using black culture as a scapegoat for the decline of Christianity,” Lee said.
“People will blame hip-hop for everything,” he added. “There is a much larger context of scapegoating of hip-hop”, he added.
Perhaps someone ought to make O’Reilly listen to Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’ to see that hip hop in fact does not run in the opposite direction of Christianity.
We expect the Twitter #FoxNewsFacts to be doing its rounds on the website with poignant, albeit hilarious, comments about Fox News’ latest mishap.